The Angel's Cut

The Angel's Cut

Elizabeth Knox / Oct 17, 2019

The Angel s Cut It s Hollywood While Conrad Cole is working late on elaborate plans for his aeroplanes and his films a mysterious stranger appears at his door Xas soon finds himself caught up in the glamorous

  • Title: The Angel's Cut
  • Author: Elizabeth Knox
  • ISBN: 9780099540045
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s Hollywood, 1929 While Conrad Cole is working late on elaborate plans for his aeroplanes and his films, a mysterious stranger appears at his door Xas soon finds himself caught up in the glamorous and treacherous world of movie making and entangled with both Cole and a young woman who owes her life to the eccentric director Both of them are drawn to Xas without knowiIt s Hollywood, 1929 While Conrad Cole is working late on elaborate plans for his aeroplanes and his films, a mysterious stranger appears at his door Xas soon finds himself caught up in the glamorous and treacherous world of movie making and entangled with both Cole and a young woman who owes her life to the eccentric director Both of them are drawn to Xas without knowing his secret that under his shirt he hides the remnants of great snowy wings that set him apart from humankind, and that he is destined to wander the earth forever, always hearing the beating of feathers behind him, threatening him that his dark brother has found him again.

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        Elizabeth Knox was born in Wellington New Zealand and is the author of eleven novels and three novella and a book of essays.


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    1. The Angel's Cut by Elizabeth Knox is a grown up fairy tale and like the fairy tales for the little ones unpicks the dark seams of the human heart. The angel Xas is back from The Vintner's Luck and this time is in Hollywood, flying stunt planes for the movies. His immortality is a burden and Sobran the love of his life is long lost to time. He becomes infatuated with Cole, a narcissist movie mogul. Xas is deeply damaged by Lucifer's removal of his wings; the stubby remains of these become a secre [...]


    2. I've flicked through this a couple of times since I got it, and tried to read it, but I just can't really get interested. Reading the summary leaves me cold, since I don't like the idea of Xas falling in love again after Sobran -- it doesn't seem to fit, somehow. I don't feel like this book brings anything particularly new and exciting to the table, which makes me a little sad -- but I also don't think I really wanted anything to follow The Vintner's Luck, so maybe I'm just the wrong audience.I [...]


    3. A beautiful sequel to "The Vintner's Luck." I have trouble describing these books so I won't bother. This one left me weeping on the airplane as I finished reading it at 8am this morning. Xas the Angel is a magical character. I could read about him forever. I will not sleep soundly until he gets his wings back. Four stars, not five stars, only because it lacked a bit of the sublime magic of the first book. Xas needs to love someone worthy or his magic is wasted.


    4. ‘This is Xas,’ said Millie. ‘It’s short for exasperating.’Ah, Xas. He's probably one of the most interesting characters I've ever encountered in literature. The Angel's Cut is more Xas' book than The Vintner's Luck was. In the former he was mostly an object - the winged repository of Sobran's hopes, fears and lusts - but here he's mostly a subject. In The Angel's Cut Xas is less of a cipher than he was in The Vintner's Luck. And sure, when some of the mystery is gone, so is some of the [...]


    5. I didn't enjoy this sequel to The Vintner's Luck as much as I enjoyed the original book, but it was still very good. There were even aspects of it that were better than the original. For example, whereas I felt that apart from Xas, Sobran, and Aurora (and Celeste, to a lesser extent) the supporting characters in The Vintner's Luck were not very well fleshed out, The Angel's Cut featured far more interesting backstories for even the more minor characters. And the major roles, well, I loved seeing [...]


    6. This is to remind me that I have a pact to read this with Kat next Xmas when we're both sufficiently over the first book that we don't fall to wailing and rending our garments.


    7. There is something about Elizabeth Knox's narration that intrigues me, frustrates me, and enthralls me all at the same time. It feels wrong to only rate this book with four stars considering it is the sequel to my hands-down, all-time, favorite book, The Vintner's Luck, but while I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down, I wasn't as moved by this book the way I was its predecessor. I love the character, Xas. It was great to read about him again, but his continued story [...]


    8. I loved the first novel The Vintner's Luck - it's one of my favourite books. I was thrilled to see Xas back although he felt a bit flat in this second book. I love Knox's writing and the way I always feel when I'm reading it - that neither of us knows what's going to come next. And the book has definitely left me with more questions than answers, which is why I rated it 5 stars. I'll keep thinking about it for sure. I hope there's a third one. And I'd love for it to be from Xas' point of view.


    9. Could I love Elizabeth Knox more? I'm not sure. I find something about her writing completely absorbing. It's partly the story, and partly the way she constructs sentences, each one following completely naturally from another, until one surprises, utterly. I hope this is not the last book about Xas, the fallen angel. But if it is, it was beautiful.


    10. I rushed into this on finishing the first book, Vintner's Luck. Will Xas get to Heaven? Will he return to his garden in Hell? Will God forgive him? I cannot lie, I was disappointed from the outstart. Why? Gone was the descriptive prose, gone was the romanticism. I had started it, I was going to finish it. Rarely do I give up on a book, no matter how bad it is. The next volume begins about 50 yrs after the 1st ended. We are now in the early 20th century, jumping years until we get to the 1920s. A [...]


    11. And so my confusing and conflicting relationship with Elizabeth Knox's books continues. This was one of those sequels that's only satisfying in that it fulfills your need to find out what happened to the characters from the first book. Mostly it's a bit of a flop. But I still remain weirdly obsessed with The Vintner's Luck and totally captivated by the character Xas (I like this review that calls him "addictive" it's really kind of true) so I enjoyed it nonetheless.


    12. A gorgeous sequel to The Vintner's Luck. I love how it focused on Xas, his relationships, and the relationships of the people he interacted with. I loved seeing him in a more modern situation and seeing how he dealt with the aftermath of Sobran's death. The part near the end, how Flora has Alison and makes Xas the father it was heartbreaking. I liked seeing that he wasn't a perfect father, either. It says, 'even though some people seem perfect, no one really is.' Overall, excellent work, Knox. I [...]


    13. I sighed in disapointment when I finally finished this book. There is a lot of stuff I liked about it: the main character Xas is addictive, and the setting, and the cat. There was heaps I didn't like about it though: The pacing is (like The Vintners Luck) all over the show, The plot is like a sitcom or soap opera and the supporting cast are mostly boring (Crow, Millie) or ridiculous (Lucifer). I would say read it only if you're really into The Vintners Luck.


    14. THERE'S ANOTHER ONE?!----------------------------Not as incredible as Vintner's Luck but still a damn good read. Knox writes about the tragedies of life in such an inevitable way, it's almost like an angel is writing them. It's sad but there's almost a shrugging, well whatcha gonna do about it, quality to it.


    15. Wow! I loved the descriptions, the flow, the detail and I felt more at home with Xas. It's not a 5 because at times I lost the story but the writing is delicious. Descriptions detailed and perceptive. A curiously fascinating glimpse of a version of Hell.The background historical film story and jazz interest offers an impressive insight into research and first or second hand knowledge


    16. Not as good as its predecessor but a must read if you have read The Vintners Luck. If you havent read the Vintners Luck, it is one of my favourite books ever. The Angel's Cut is set in Hollywood, post WWI, and is interesting in its exploration of the film industry. The novel follows Xas and his exploits with some surprising twists in the tale.


    17. It takes a great amount of diligence to get into this book but once you do, you simply can't put it down. Love how she linked both (The Vintner's Luck) books together and for a random book I picked up, it was a brilliant read.



    18. Can Xas have a happy ending in the next one? Please. Though this book was beautiful. I sure would love to see him happy again.




    19. This book is a terribly disappointing followup to The Vintner's Luck, one of my all-time favorites, and I frankly wish it hadn't been written. It shows glimmers of interest in the middle but fails to deliver anything of substance. The plot is basically nonexistent, and the new characters introduced here are unlikable. They are drunks and addicts and megalomaniacs, and I wish Xas would have found better friends. Honestly, is this the best a gorgeous, immortal, celestial being can do? How depressi [...]


    20. Did not make me soarI came to The Angel’s Cut wondering if the magic of the proposition of The Vintner’s Luck would be recreated. This was Xas, the angel’s time to live on Earth as a human being, in 1929 onwards. The time chosen allows an exposition of the early years of human flight and movie-making in Hollywood. The characters are a producer and aviator, Conrad Cole, Flora McLeod, Millie Cotton and the largest character of all other than Xas, Archangel Michael. There is love and the char [...]


    21. My ex highly recommended the first book, so I gave it a try. I fell in love with Xas. By the time I got this book, that relationship was over. I still loved Xas, but not his story.This book -- for all its flaws -- has some great moments, though they are few and fleeting; from it's lessons about life and death, to the most powerful lesson in the book: love, and the risks of loving.Finishing this book, I have a greater understanding of Xas's story but -- MORE IMPORTANTLY -- of my past relationship [...]


    22. Not quite as good as the first book, but still beautiful (just can't give it less than 5 stars orz)This is the sequel to The Vintner's Luck, which, as you may or may not know, is one of my all time favourite books. It took me 1.5 years to read The Angel's Cut simply because I loved it's predecessor so much I was afraid this sequel was going to be a disappointment.I admit, it wasn't quite as good as the first in the series, but I still think it was beautiful (and pretty darn emotional at times). [...]


    23. This is Elizabeth Knox's sequel to the Vintner's Luck. The story does focus on Xas and the novel setting has moved to USA in the 1920s to 30s era. There's not much in the way of M-on-M (or even angel-on-man action) much the same as in Knox's earlier book but the newly introduced characters are entrancingly flawed as usual and there's booze, jazz clubs, plane flights, directors and movie stars, angelic-human affairs, more spine-tingly encounters with Lucifer and some great linkages back to the fi [...]


    24. This took me a little longer to get involved in (than the preceding book, The Vintner's Luck), but once I had got involved I found I enjoyed it just as much.I have loaned The Vintner's Luck to my daughter. When she returns it I shall read it again, and re-borrow this from the library to follow it. It's worth it.


    25. Well what a different book, at times enthralling and at times depressing. Movie makers and stunt fliers amongst a backdrop of Hollywood in the 20'3 and 30's with its prohibition, its risks, its promiscuity, is a mixture of loyalty, of back-stabbing, of despair and of utter selfishness. How do you imagine a fallen angel copes with that? This is actually the sequel to "The Vintner's Luck" but you can get by without having read the first book, although most reviews say it was the better book.


    26. Interesting story but I needed something more. I liked how links were made to 'the Vintner's Luck' by answering plot mysteries Like why Xas visited on the same day every year. I also enjoyed the airmen plot. The ending was way off beam for me and left me wondering how this related the first 99% of the story.


    27. Not the same creature as The Vintner's LuckMaybe this book stands alone well, but it fails as sequel to the original. Time passes slow, filled with tedious characters and their tedious and dry lives, and for some inexplicable reason the angel cares


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